Ashes 2017: Alastair Cook feels sorry for Brian Lara after surpassing West Indies legend

first_imgFormer England captain on Thursday slammed his fifth double hundred as England took the first innings lead for the first time in the Ashes series Down Under.Experts reckoned Cook was probably one Test match away from being dropped from the England squad as his string of poor scores continued.So the 33-year-old took matters into his own hands and forged a lone battle for his team, slamming a double ton in 360 balls on Day 3 of the fourth Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.Respect.Scorecard: England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 28, 2017The Essex opener, who came into the fourth Test with only 83 runs behind him in the series, strode off at stumps on Day 2 unbeaten on 104, having driven England to a position of strength at 192 for two.  At the time he reached 200, England (412/8 in 127.4 overs) had a lead of 85 runs over Australia, who were bowled out for 327 in their first innings.Cook remained unbeaten on 244 at stumps on Day 3 as England reached 491/9 with a lead of 164 runs. His knock included 27 boundaries and he is now joint-13 with Rahul Dravid and Graeme Smith on the list of batsmen with most double centuries.He moved past another two West Indies greats to be sixth on the all-time test runs list, eclipsing Shivnarine Chanderpaul (11,867) and then Brian Lara (11,953) with a sumptuous off-drive for four from the penultimate ball of the day.”I can’t really explain that. I just feel sorry for Brian Lara,” Cook said to raise a laugh from reporters.advertisement”It’s a special moment to see your name up there.”Reuters PhotoThe Southpaw has 11,956 runs to his name from 151 Test matches at an average of 46.52. He has hit 32 tons, five double centuries and 55 fifties in his 11-year-old red-ball career so far.The 33-year-old’s gritty ton came at the wrong time one could say as the series is a dead rubber now but this knock certainly has extinguished Australia’s hopes of going for a second consecutive Ashes whitewash Down Under as of now.”After all the emotion came out yesterday to get a real big one for the team was really important,” Cook told reporters after striding off the MCG to a standing ovation.”I’ve doubted myself for 12 years and I’ll probably continue to doubt myself but obviously the longer it goes the harder it becomes.”But I suppose that’s why I can be quite proud…Going to the well again and delivering a performance like that was pleasing.”It’s just a shame it’s three-four weeks too late, I’ll have to live with that for a long time but it’s nice to score a few.”What. A. Man! �??��??Ali Ali Cook, Ali Cook, Ali Ali Cook!!�?��??� Chris Woakes (@chriswoakes) December 28, 2017Tail-ender Stuart Broad played a gallant support role, clobbering 56 in a 100-run ninth-wicket partnership after tea, having worn a tempestuous short-pitched assault from Australia’s frustrated quicks.Cook, who was under the scanner after the first three Tests with pundtis claiming that he won’t be having much of career left after Australia, said it was nice to soak up the songs of England’s travelling ‘Barmy Army’ rather than worry about questions concerning his technique.”Obviously with my batting over a period of time, there are quite a few moving parts to it. When they’re not quite in synch it can be quite frustrating,” he said.”Basically the one way of delivering is time in the middle.”I played quite nicely yesterday, I got to 40 and I kind of felt like the old movements were back.”They probably weren’t that different to where they were in the other games…If I could put my finger on exactly what it is, it could save me a lot of strife.”Alastair Cook reflects on his 244*Full interview:�?�️ England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 28, 2017(With inputs from Reuters)last_img